How to Spend 72 Hours in Rome
We absolutely love Rome: the architecture, the history, the culture – and did we mention the food? Some of the best cuisine you'll ever taste can be found in Italy's capital. Here are our recommendations for spending three days in the Eternal City:
Day one in Rome
Start your trip by getting your bearings during a stroll to the famed Spanish Steps. The widest stairway in Europe, these steps connect lower Piazza di Spagna with the upper Piazza Trinità dei Monti, which is a great spot to people-watch. From here, it’s a short stroll to the iconic Trevi Fountain. Stop for an ice cream at one of the many gelaterias, before walking to Capitoline Hill, home to some of the oldest museums in the world and the perfect sunset spot.
Day two in Rome
Wake up early with an Italian espresso and make your way to the Colosseum. Explore the nearby Roman Forum, before stopping for a delicious lunch of seafood pasta overlooking the Pantheon. This afternoon, escape the bustle of the city streets with a serene stroll through the Villa Borghese gardens. Don’t miss the chance to visit the ornate Borghese Gallery here, an impressive collection of classic sculptures and paintings. Spend your evening discovering Trastevere, a trendy neighbourhood which is teeming with bars and restaurants.
Day three in Rome
Enjoy a delicious Italian breakfast, before heading to Vatican City. Make sure you book your priority morning entry tour in advance. Explore the museums, gaze at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and take in Italy’s largest and most spectacular church, St Peter’s Basilica. You can’t leave Rome without tasting the ice cream at Claudio Torcè’s. Known as the master, local connoisseurs swear this is the best gelato in Rome. Visit his little-known franchise on the Viale Aventino and order a cup of gianduja, made from Alba hazelnuts and vanilla. Trust us, you won’t regret it! This afternoon, discover the backstreets of the Jewish ghetto, where you’ll find plenty of local delicacies.